Andrew Hines, a sophomore at University of South Florida majoring in environmental science, has been doing outside mitigation work for Allstate and has just passed his Commercial Applicator’s License exam. Mitigation is an important part of preserving our natural aquatic resources and involves wetland plant introduction and management.
Daniel Bates, a senior at South Plantation High School, is responsible for monitoring the school’s fish hatchery under the supervision of Carl Wallack. During the summer, Daniel collects fish for Allstate, takes samples, catches fish to add to the hatchery and produces graphs that illustrate how the fish are doing. A healthy native fish population benefits the aquatic environment because the fish help to absorb nutrients in the water and control undesirable weeds, insects and other aquatic pests. The fish in Allstate’s hatchery will be used to stock local lakes and waterways.
Spencer Winepol is a junior at University of Florida majoring in environmental science. This summer Spencer is working with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System for Allstate. Industry members will be required to obtain a permit and submit an online report to the EPA each time they service a lake. This translates into numerous permits and reports per year. It is Spencer’s responsibility to monitor NPDES developments and keep Allstate in compliance and ahead of the curve.
"Working for Allstate gives me the opportunity to expand upon what I have learned in school and apply it in the real world", says Spencer Winepol, "I am gaining valuable experience that will help me with my studies and my career.”
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Allstate Resource Management, Inc. headquartered in Davie, Florida, has been a leader in aquatic resource management for more than 10 years. Allstate Resource Management specializes in cultivating a healthy ecosystem for South Florida’s aquatic plants and wildlife. The company provides lake management, wetland management, stormwater service, erosion control, fish stocking and native wetland planting to communities throughout South Florida.